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June 15, 2013 9:04:40 PM

I'm looking at motherboards and don't know how many PCI and PCI express slots i will need. I'm going to have a video card for sure maybe a sound card later on. I just want to make sure I have room for expansion if i need it. If you have any recommendations for good motherboards I would appreciate it.

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June 15, 2013 9:12:45 PM

Prob best to get an idea of what all you want in it, without knowing, no real way to tell, if not sure maybe look for something with a couple PCI-E slots a couple of reg PCI slots and at least one 1x slot
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June 15, 2013 9:12:48 PM

If you are running intel, on an 1155 socket, I would recommend the MSI Z77A-GD65. It has three PCIe 3.0 slots, two of which can be used for anything, and the other one can be used for expansions such as sound or network cards. If you are on 1150, you can get the MSI Z87A-GD65, which is basically the same, with support for 1150. And for AMD, I would recommend the GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5.

MSI Z77A-GD65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI Z87-GD65: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 15, 2013 9:25:14 PM

Id stay away from the MSI Z87, looks like they once again have come out using overtight DRAM sockets which are defective, have been seeing this around the net, they did the same on the release of the Z77 mobos I think it was.. The Z77 mobo isn't bad but I just don't trust MSI QC, and suppot stinks
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June 16, 2013 7:40:14 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Id stay away from the MSI Z87, looks like they once again have come out using overtight DRAM sockets which are defective, have been seeing this around the net, they did the same on the release of the Z77 mobos I think it was.. The Z77 mobo isn't bad but I just don't trust MSI QC, and suppot stinks


I've used both the Z77 and Z78 versions of the GD65. I've never had any issues, aside from a DOA, which was sorted within a week. MSI is great, don't believe all that you hear.
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June 16, 2013 8:15:25 AM

A wole rash of bad DRAM slots with the 77 and now see the same and as you yourself siad a DOA :)  That enough, On the 77 between 2 models 4 DOAs and a ton from others through the Egg
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June 16, 2013 11:21:11 AM

Tradesman1 said:
A wole rash of bad DRAM slots with the 77 and now see the same and as you yourself siad a DOA :)  That enough, On the 77 between 2 models 4 DOAs and a ton from others through the Egg


No matter. Luck is a fickle thing. He needed PCIe slots, I gave recommendations. There are plenty of other great boards out there that have just as many features, and equal reliability (which often comes down to how well it was handled during shipping anyway.) It comes down to being a matter of preference.
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June 16, 2013 11:35:40 AM

Agreed, I lean towards the Big Three Asus, GB and the Rock
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